French giants Paris Saint-Germain have been sniffing around the Premier League since the season reached its finale, with the specific aim of finding a player who can help turn the side into Europe’s most elite.
Their primary target was Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, who endured a torrid time last season, putting in below-par performances and finding goals hard to come by, however, Laurent Blanc still remains a fan of the 2015 PFA Player of the Year. Any deal looks even less likely now after the Blues’ number ten revealed that PSG are not part of his plans and that he feels good at the London side.
Last week saw the French side express an interest in Liverpool hero Philippe Coutinho but the Reds will no doubt be reluctant to let the Brazilian leave. If so, they could face significant competition with Barcelona for his signature.
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While the targeted duo could still stay at their respective clubs, PSG have turned their attention to Leicester City star N’Golo Kante, a player who excelled in the heart of midfield last season and was a vital cog in the Foxes’ title aspirations.
According to the Mirror, the six-time French champions are set to tempt the 25-year-old with a five-year contract and will feel confident of persuading him to move back across the Channel.
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The midfielder will get the chance to play for France’s most dominant outfit and have a real crack at clinching Champions League silverware in the coming seasons. Moreover, Paris holds a special significance for Kante as it is where he was born so could also prove a useful bargaining tool.
It hasn’t been a good week for Leicester with their talisman Jamie Vardy tipped to complete a £20 million move to Arsenal in the coming days so the news of another star's potential departure will no doubt rub salt in their wounds.
Similar to Vardy, PSG will only have to splash near to £20 million to trigger their target’s release clause and apparently talks have already begun between the French side and Kante’s agent.
If the midfielder opts for a Premier League stay, Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly both keen on snapping up last season’s unsung hero. However, with Arsene Wenger likely to land Vardy and the Blues’ absence from European football next campaign, Paris looks the most plausible destination.
Transfer talk will be the last thing on Kante’s mind, however, as his focus will be on this summer’s European Championships, where the midfielder is likely to star for the host nation.